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TiesetrotterTiesetrotter Posts: 432
edited February 2017 in Road buying advice
I have been using Vittoria Corsa CX's for a long while now. I went online to look for the new replacements now with funky Graphene stuff in them .......... circa £70! Then there is the Rally, about 20% heavier and only £15!

Firstly anyone used the Rally as it looks suspiciously cheap.
Secondly anyone got any good suggestions for alternatives to Corsa's

Be sad to move away from Vittoria as I have always used their tyres.

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  • matt_n-2matt_n-2 Posts: 581
    I've just taped some Corsa Elites to my 303, yet to ride them but they should still be good.

    290tpi versus 320tpi and a butyl tube rather than latex, but then they are half the price!

    Seem to be around £28-35 each online.
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  • mamba80mamba80 Posts: 5,086
    Veloflex Carbon tubs are cheaper and better than the older Vitt Corsa.

    thre is a German outfit that do them for 58 euros
  • imposter2.0imposter2.0 Posts: 11,001
    Conti Competitions, or Sprinters - both worth considering, depending on whatever type of use you are putting them to.
  • sungodsungod Posts: 12,817
    i tried the corsa g+, lovely ride, but the moment the road is wet they cut far more than veloflex, unless you've the luxury of dry roads, i'd give the g+ a miss

    conti comps aren't nearly as plush, they still cut but are tougher, that's what i'm using to ride out the winter

    once the winter is over it'll be back to veloflex - carbon front/arenberg rear
    my bike - faster than god's and twice as shiny
  • meesterbondmeesterbond Posts: 1,240
    If it makes any difference, gluing on Conti Comps was about the least fun I've had since I had my wisdom teeth removed... Veloflex Carbons practically fitted themselves by comparison!
  • sungodsungod Posts: 12,817
    yep, i find the conti ones do need putting on a rim to stretch first, a day or so makes a huge difference in ease of mounting

    even for that i had to go old skool and put a foot on one end and use both hands to pull up the other, then work it around, just to stretch it enough to get on a clean rim

    the vittoria and veloflex go on without any fuss, no need to stretch them
    my bike - faster than god's and twice as shiny
  • I've found soaking conti competitions in water for a while before putting them on a rim to stretch them out really made the process easier.
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  • meesterbondmeesterbond Posts: 1,240
    TurboTommy wrote:
    I've found soaking conti competitions in water for a while before putting them on a rim to stretch them out really made the process easier.


    Interesting - stretching them dry had no discernible affect at all!

    To be honest though, if you going to the trouble of running tubs, you can do better than Conti Comps... they have the same sort of consistency as a garden hose.
  • sebbypsebbyp Posts: 106
    the Rally doesnt have a removable valve core so cant get puncture sealant in it.
    On Corsa cx's at the moment , got a Corsa elite hanging up ready to go on. see how it goes
  • cyclecliniccycleclinic Posts: 6,865
    Conti comps may not be the plushest tub on the market but they are reliable. I have them on an old trek which I mostly use during the dark months. Conti in the winter something nicer when its dry. Got too many conti tubs though to wear out.

    Dugast tubulars are worth a go.
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  • cyclecliniccycleclinic Posts: 6,865
    oh there is a reason why the vittoria Rally and the conti giro are cheap, they are well rubbish.

    The GP4000s tub is really quite nice. I never tire of using these.
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  • Vittoria CX s are great, just don't get the old Evo model, slippy in the wet.
    The G+ was launched to much fanfare and hyper marketing leading people to believe it was the best thing since sliced bread, but now seems it's really nothing special, especially at £80 a pop (i pay 35 euros for Cxs)
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